Assessment of policy instruments for pesticide use reduction in Europe: Learning from a systematic literature review

Rhiannon Lee, Roos den Uyl, Hens Runhaar*

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Abstract

Intensive and worldwide usage of conventional pesticides on arable land has led to varying problems for the environment and human health. Consequently, many governments and several private actors actively stimulate reduction of pesticide use. This paper focuses on the effectiveness of public and private policy instruments in terms of reducing pesticide use by farmers via a systematic literature review of 78 articles published between 1967 and 2017. The geographical focus area was Europe. The review determined that no specific instrument is guaranteed to reduce pesticide use. Instead, characteristics comprising an instrument were confirmed to be beneficial to reducing pesticide use. In particular, mixes of instruments, with varying degrees of authoritative force, applied at multiple scales with stakeholder collaboration were identified as beneficial to reducing farmer pesticide use. It is implied within the literature that instruments comprised of such characteristics aid reducing pesticide use due to facilitating consideration of heterogeneous farm and farmer characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104929
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalCrop Protection
Volume126
Early online date23 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • Agrochemicals
  • Biodiversity
  • Environmental Governance
  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
  • Sustainable Agriculture

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